Christopher McQuarrie (“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” “Jack Reacher”) is developing to direct a feature film adaptation of David Grann’s 2008 New Yorker feature article “The Chameleon”.
The real-life tale was previously adapted into the highly acclaimed 2012 documentary “The Imposter” and the plan here is to craft a narrative with a psychological thriller tone akin to “The Silence of the Lambs”.
The story follows Frederic Bourdin, a young French con man who was a serial impersonator of missing teenagers. In the mid-1990s, he impersonated a Texas boy who had disappeared at the age of 13.
His impersonation was seemingly accepted by Barclay’s family and the press at large despite being seven years older and having different coloured eyes and hair. The impersonation was eventually discovered by a private investigator, but not before the story took a very sinister twist.
Terence Winter (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “The Sopranos”) will co-write the script with Carl Capotorto. Winter, McQuarrie, and their producing partners Rachel Winter and Heather McQuarrie will all produce.